Gators No Match For Emmanuel

BOSTON, Mass. – Emmanuel senior Meghan Kirwan (Melrose, Mass.) netted a game-high 17 points to lead Emmanuel College to an 89-42 victory over Pine Manor College on Wednesday evening at the Jean Yawkey Center in Boston, Mass. With the loss, Pine Manor drops to 7-11 and 1-8 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). While Emmanuel improves to 8-0 in conference play and 14-6 overall.

Emmanuel opened the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back. Kirwan capped the opening spurt with a three point bucket from the wing before the Gators got on the board with a layup by senior guard Phibe Pham (Boston, Mass.) to make it 9-2 with 15:30 remaining in the frame.

The Saints would continue to build their lead and a Kirwan steal and fast-break layup with 8:38 to play made it 21-10, forcing Pine Manor to take a timeout. Following the break, senior guard Therline Dumeran (Cambridge, Mass.) was able to draw a foul and convert both free throws to cut the Saints lead back into single digits (21-12) but it would be the closest that Pine Manor would come for the remainder of the contest.

In the second half, PMC sophomore Ashley Carusone (Nashua, N.H.)traded hoops with  Kirwan to make it 45-21 with 18:13 remaining before Emmanuel rattled off 13 consecutive points to take a commanding 58-21 lead. Senior guard Jessica Gilmore broke the Pine Manor scoreless drought with a pair of free throws around the 13 minute mark to make it 58-23.Gilmore finished with a team-high 15 points while Dumeran recorded a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Carusone also helped out on the glass, grabbing 12 boards for the visitors.

Along with her 17 points, Kirwan also finished the contest with four rebounds and three assists and was one of four Emmanuel players to finsih in double-figures along with Fiona O’Dwyer, 14 points, and senior Breanna Ockimey (Philadelphia, Pa.) and sophomore center Victoria Johnson (Syracuse, N.Y.), each of whom finsihed with 10 points, respectively. 

Pine Manor will return to action on Saturday when they host Suffolk University at 1:00 PM at Brunelli Court.Emmanuel will also be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they head to New Haven, Conn. to face Albertus Magnus College at 1:00 pm.

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